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A Beautiful Village House

2 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Caunes-Minervois - 8 Pontus De la Gardie

A character home in the medieval village of Caunes Minervois, nestled at the foot of the Montagne Noire, in the heart of the Languedoc wine-growing region, Cathar country and Tour de France territory.

The house, built over centuries but stripped back to the medieval walls, has a secluded outside courtyard, views of the Romanesque abbey, and the Pyrenees. It sleeps 6, has 2 bathrooms, living, dining, kitchen, all newly upgraded, and a lovely library/2nd lounge on the top floor.

The historic medieval village, at the edge of the Montagne Noire National Park, is a fabulous base from which to explore Cathar castles, cycle Tour de France stages, visit the ancient cities of Carcassonne, Narbonne, Beziers, walk, indulge in fresh village food, markets, and the wines of the Languedoc- Roussillon region. The beach is just 45 minutes away.

  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Afrikaans
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2016
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About The Owner

I am an architect and author. My husband is also an architect and a photographer. This house was either serendipity or insanity. It's been a 6 year journey. Caunes Minervois gets into your soul.

I love animals, mad about dogs, can be an animal rights and ethical-food dictator if left to my own devices. My son has been a vegetarian since the day he was old enough to spit meat out. My daughter is a committed carnivore. My husband Justin likes peculiar mid seventies music and restores even older peculiar bicycles .

The Owner purchased this house in 2010

Why The Owner chose Carcassonne surroundings

I just knew it as soon as we walked in. We're architects. That means sucker-for-punishment in all languages. This is the third house we've taken apart and refurbished extensively. It's the only one we were clever enough not to live in while we did it.

What makes this house unique

It's in the heart of the medieval village and in the heart of the country.


2 holidaymaker reviews

A Beautiful Village House
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Lovely, remodeled home in the center of the village

  • 5 of 5

This tastefully remodeled home is quite spacious, with a full "suite" on the top level (with bedroom, bathroom and sitting area) and two, large bedrooms on the middle floor. It has a good kitchen for cooking and a private courtyard for dining (and safe-keeping of race bikes for the cyclists). The bakery is walking distance for fresh croissants and bread. The village abbey is around the corner and worth a visit. There is good cycling, nice walking routes and interesting places to visit in the area. I would definitely recommend this to friends as a nice place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and Lovely house

  • 5 of 5

We have spent a week in this house in August with our two small children and it was fantastic. The house is beautiful inside and very tastefully decorated. The furniture and appliances are of exceptional quality. In particular, we loved the layout, the kitchen and the spaciousness of the 3 rooms. The village is quiet and friendly neighbors; the town is well connected by road. The attention and willingness of the owner (Elizabeth) made us feel very comfortable. All very clean. I recomend it. We have no doubt that if next year we return to southern France we will call the owner to rent it. I recommend visiting near the village church of Notre Damme du Cros.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Kilometres
Bar de la Fontaine
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
A61 Autoroute des Deux Mers
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
La Cantina
Nearest Ski
93 Kilometres
Les Mont d'Olmes, Lavalanet Pyrenees
Nearest Beach
65 Kilometres
Narbonne Plage
Car: necessary

Our home is 20 minutes from Carcassonne, in the heart of Languedoc- Rousillon - the biggest contiguous planting of grapes on the planet. It is also in the heart of Cathar country, with over 25 spectacular Cathar castles to visit.

As the village nestles at the foot of La Montaigne Noire national park, it provides easy access to a network of spectacular cycling roads, in pristine condition through the mountains from village to village.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Caunes-Minervois, Carcassonne surroundings

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
26 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
28 May 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £45
Refundable Damage Deposit £268
Cleaning £80
electricity £31

Electricity is read on arrival and leaving, approximately10 euro a day. Note peak hour charges are higher (7am to 9pm). Will be higher in Winter. Payable in cash to the hostess. Cleaning fee and security fee payable with 2nd installment before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Caunes-Minervois in Carcassonne area

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Heated towel rails, separate bath and shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Heated towel rails, full shower room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , queen sized Simmons bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen sized Simmons bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen sized Simmons bed
  • Books
  • Garden
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving

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